February 26, 2021

Big Tech Is Boring. Why nobody has any new ideas anymore.

Decades-Long Quest Reveals Details of the Proton’s Inner Antimatter.

A Response to Julia Galef and Herbert Simon on Travel. Julia Galef and Herbert Simon seem to be quant-y dipshits.

We’re Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy. The first way to fight a new virus would once have been opening the windows.

The Strength That Rush Limbaugh Projected Was So Flimsy. I had never been able to put my finger on what I felt for Rush until I tuned into his show one day in the early 2000s. Then I realized it was pity. Same. Whiny man-baby afraid of everything.

What Is Salesforce Really Selling? Behind the flashy events and quasi-spiritual jargon is a software service that wants to swallow the whole business world.

The Betrayal At The Heart of Sanders, AOC and Corbyn’s Refusal To Use Power.

Republicans introduce a torrent of new laws to restrict voting. The real voter fraud.

Degrowth: solving the impasse by magical thinking.

Why Black and Hispanic Small-Business Owners Have Been So Badly Hit in the Pandemic Recession.

Sure, Laugh Away. But Every Big Vehicle Should Look Like This New USPS Truck.

Stop Stressing Post-Vax Risk of Spreading Coronavirus. Why give people another reason to avoid vaccination?

Road-trippers 3x more likely to buy an EV than homebodies, survey says.

Covid-19 Is ‘Probably Going to End My Career.’ Being a nurse was already hard. But in the pandemic, it’s become almost impossible.

Online job posting analysis shows the extent of the pandemic’s damage, especially to women and youth.

Facebook Announces Plan To Break Up U.S. Government Before It Becomes Too Powerful.

Improving natural ventilation in hospital waiting and consulting rooms to reduce nosocomial tuberculosis transmission risk in a low resource setting.

February 25, 2021

Covid-19 Isn’t the Only Thing Shortening American Lives. New estimates of life expectancy expose worrisome health trends in the U.S.

Garden-variety germs may explode in COVID’s wake, study suggests. I agree with this.

Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeys.

Running Government ‘Like A Business’ Kills People.

Online Furniture, Grocery, Clothing Sales Explode as Brick & Mortar Melts Down.

Turing tarpit.

California can enforce net neutrality law, judge rules in loss for ISPs.

Contact-tracing apps help reduce COVID infections, data suggest.

Why is the EU running into so many difficulties with its Covid vaccine campaign?

The Anthropocene and the geo-political imagination: Re-writing Earth as political space.

We’re Absolutely Surrounded by Double Stars, New 3D Map Suggests.

Mothers All Over Are Losing It.

Inside the Zero Covid campaign. The urge to eliminate the virus is understandable — but at what cost? Never, ever, ever gonna happen.

February 24, 2021

Even a Conservative Analysis Shows the $15 Minimum Wage Does More Good Than Harm.

The distribution of plasmid fitness effects explains plasmid persistence in bacterial communities.

Plane engine that caught fire on United Airlines flight over Denver has troubled history.

Did Trump think his mob had taken Mike Pence hostage? I was wondering about that too. Probably so?

The Unpaid Labor That Drives Tech Forward.

Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it.

Why Does the Pandemic Seem to Be Hitting Some Countries Harder Than Others? While the virus has ravaged rich nations, reported death rates in poorer ones remain relatively low. What probing this epidemiological mystery can tell us about global health.

The McMansion Hell Yearbook: 1978.

The pandemic made the world realise the importance of human contact. Well, some. The rest seem content to screech about Gramma and hide under the bed.

February 23, 2021

The Jobs the Pandemic May Devastate. An updated forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has alarming news for people with a high school diploma or less.

Buyer beware: Massive experiment shows why ticket sellers hit you with last-second fees. Larger reason: because there is no regulation of this terrible industry.

The Milky Way may be swarming with planets with oceans and continents like here on Earth.

People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests.

Mars Perseverance Raw Images.

Coronavirus Scotland: Vaccination linked to ‘substantial reduction’ in hospital admissions.

Extinction: Freshwater fish in ‘catastrophic’ decline.

Student Loan Debt Statistics In 2021: A Record $1.7 Trillion.

February 22, 2021

What it’s like to die from Covid-19. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy”: Doctors describe what their sickest coronavirus patients endure. Anti-maskers et al. should be prosecuted for negligent homicide.

“Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures.

Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon.

Boeing 777s grounded by airlines after FAA issues emergency order.

Meet the creatures of the night sea.

The Gig Economy Is Coming for Millions of American Jobs. California’s vote to classify Uber and Lyft drivers as contractors has emboldened other employers to eliminate salaried positions—and has become a cornerstone of bigger plans to “Uberize” the U.S. workforce.

Texas Lessons For Preparing For The Ongoing Collapse.

The Frankfurt Kitchen Changed How We Cook—and Live.

It’s Always The Same Lie.

COVID-19 mortality as a fingerprint of biological age.

The coronavirus is here to stay — here’s what that means.

February 21, 2021

More Weird and Wild Planets.

The Day Everything Went Wrong. Like many Texans, residents in one Austin apartment complex faced a kaleidoscope of worst-case scenarios. And like many Texans, they had to get through them alone.

Rush Limbaugh, Who Should Have Stayed Jeff Christie.

America has never gone this long without hiking the federal minimum wage. From two years ago, still true. Absolutely shameful.

Octopuses Have a Secret Sense to Keep Their 8 Arms Out of Trouble. Even when an octopus can’t see light with its eyes, its arms seem to know it is there.

February 20, 2021

UN says 130 countries have not received a single Covid vaccine dose.

It’s All Rigged. What Robinhood and Facebook have in common.

Why America’s power grids will keep failing us.

Estonia warns of “silenced world dominated by Beijing.”

Male balding is a major risk factor for severe COVID-19.

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths.

There’s a pressing question at hand, still unanswered, about how the American feminist movement will re-collect itself now, and whether it will push in an ideological direction more aligned with the thinkers it marginalized.

What the First World War Can Teach Us about Misjudging Tech and Social Change.

Crime Shouldn’t Pay: Why Big Tech Executives Should Face Jail.

Covid-19: World’s first human challenge trials to start in UK.

‘I can’t keep doing this’: gig workers say pay has fallen after California’s Prop 22. Which, you know, was the point. Expect more of this nationwide and worldwide.

Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design. Citibank was trying to make $7.8M in interest payments. It sent $900M instead. And unlike for small fish, if you send a business millions extra, it’s not clear that they have to return it.

Rush Limbaugh Escapes The Hell-World He Created.

House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks.

Crops under solar panels can be a win-win. In dry places, photovoltaic shade can even reduce water use.

Hypocrisy is on full display as Congress investigates the GameStop frenzy.

Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole. Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.

Lame Limbaugh obits: Mainstream media fawns over a toxic bigot who poisoned our politics.

ERCOT: Texas was ‘seconds and minutes’ away from catastrophic months-long blackouts.

Texans in the Midst of Another Avoidable Catastrophe. The state’s independent power grid was couched as a badge of individualism. Then a once-in-a-generation storm hit—and, sure enough, the onus fell on the individual.

What I’d Say to the Martians.

Rush Limbaugh delighted in dividing Americans — and not just because it was profitable. No, he was just a huge asshole and a terrible human being who didn’t die soon enough.

‘California and Texas are warnings’: blackouts show US deeply unprepared for the climate crisis. Or any crisis of any type, large, small or pandemic.

Effectiveness of Mask Wearing to Control Community Spread of SARS-CoV-2.

A COVID-Vaccinated Summer Could Be Wonderful.

February 18, 2021

Sticker Shock: Why Used-Car Prices Are So High.

An anniversary for great justice: Remembering “All Your Base” 20 years later.

Texas Is a Failed State.

On the origin of probability in quantum mechanics.

Who gets a second chance? On accountability and reinvention in American life.

The lethal atmospheric setup behind a deadly Arctic outbreak.

Virtual control: the agenda behind China’s new digital currency.

Why Frigid Mars Is the Perfect Place to Look for Ancient Life.

Survivors of Severe Covid-19 Should Get Their Eyes Checked, Study Suggests.

Million-Year-Old Mammoth Teeth Contain Oldest DNA Ever Found.

Texas Could Have Kept the Lights On. Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.

How ‘Not in My Backyard’ Became ‘Not in My Neighborhood.’ The expectation that homeowners should be able to reach beyond their property lines has become deeply embedded.